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Marvel is proud to celebrate the 60th Anniversaries of the X-Men and Avengers -- by presenting each and every Marvel comic from the month of their debut! By July 1963, the Marvel Age of Comics was taking over. Marvel was creating hit after hit, and two series that debuted the same month -- X-MEN and AVENGERS -- were destined to have a historic impact! They've taken over modern pop culture, but back in 1963, they were just a small part of a much larger and more varied tapestry on the newsstands! Marvel also unveiled groundbreaking Annuals, experimented with a new type of war comic, continued their tales of frontier justice and appealed to an audience not interested in fisticuffs with teen humor and romance titles. It was an amazing and very different time -- and you can immerse yourself in the era right here!
Stories by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Robert Bernstein, Larry Lieber, Ernie Hart, Jerry Siegel, and others.
Art by Jack Kirby, Stan Goldberg, Al Hartley, Dick Ayers, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Jack Keller, Joe Sinnott, and others.
Cover by Javier Rodriguez
Introduction by Roger Stern
Collecting: AVENGERS (1963) #1, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #5, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #19 and ANNUAL #1, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #96, MODELING WITH MILLIE #25, PATSY AND HEDY #90 and ANNUAL #1, PATSY WALKER #109, RAWHIDE KID (1955) #36, SGT. FURY #3, STRANGE TALES (1951) #113, TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #46, TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #48, X-MEN (1963) #1, KATHY #25, KID COLT OUTLAW #113, MILLIE THE MODEL #117 and TWO-GUN KID #66.
Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema take Captain America and the Falcon on a journey through the madness and machinations of Doctor Faustus! The mind-bending Doctor has captured Sharon Carter, A.K.A. Agent 13 - but little does Cap know that Faustus also has Peggy Carter, Cap's long-lost love from World War II! Then, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. conscript Cap into the fight against the Yellow Claw. But the real menace to mankind is subtly concealed: A Secret Empire moves behind the face of American power! Their goal is to frame and discredit Captain America, replacing him with their own "patriotic" icon. And only the combined efforts of Cap, the Falcon, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the X-Men can hope to topple them! It's a shocking saga that defined Captain America for the '70s! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #160-179.
Prepare to assemble for another epic Avengers Omnibus edition, brought to you this time by Steve Englehart and a host of Marvel's greatest artists! They present Earth's Mightiest Heroes in some of their most iconic adventures: the origin of Mantis, the Avengers' first conflict with Thanos and a defining Kang the Conqueror saga that spans space and time. Of course, there's plenty of personal drama opposite the action as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's origins are explored and two weddings bring together Marvel's heroes. New members will also join the ranks as the Beast, Hellcat and Moondragon become Avengers. This volume also features the series' letters pages as well as art and interviews from Marvel's famous fanzine F.O.O.M.! Collecting AVENGERS (1968) 120-149, GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS (1974) #1-4, CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) #33, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #150 and material from FOOM (1973) #6-7 & #12.
The perfect continuation piece to Crisis on Infinite Earths features classic team-ups between the heroes of Earth-One and Earth-Two, the Justice League, and the Justice Society of America.
The crossover team-up of the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America continues in this incredible classic collection! This Book 3 collects All-Star Squadron #14-15, and Justice League of America #171-172, #183-185, #196-197, #207-209!
Joe Orlando partnered early with Wallace Wood on a variety of science fiction comics, including several for EC Comics. But he quickly made a name for himself and struck out on his own, carving out a long and distinguished career in American comics.
Orlando became a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and The Planetoid And Other Stories collects his first two dozen. All of them, scripted by editor/writer Al Feldstein, serve up classic O. Henry–style shock endings, including a mind-bending time-travel twister in which a man visits the past and (unknowingly) romances his own mother (think about it), a gender-switching look at a future where women are the breadwinners and men are the homemakers, another future where marriages are limited by law to three-year contracts, a good old-fashioned “planets collide” shocker, an animal rights parable, plus lots of rollicking space opera, aliens, and, of course, interplanetary monsters (some of them human).
This volume also includes a complete reproduction of EC’s special issue devoted to its own 32-page “illustrated, factual flying saucer report,” with art by Orlando, Wallace Wood, George Evans, and Reed Crandall. Plus, a heartfelt foreword by former DC publisher Paul Levitz, who began his career in comics when Orlando hired him as an assistant, an introduction by Thommy Burns, and featured essays and commentary by EC experts.